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April 2005 Update
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
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Summer Conference: July 18-22
Combine the Conference With Leisure Time
Festival of Music - July 16
Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust - Organizational Chart
New Book: Freud's Free Clinics by Elizabeth Danto, Ph.D.
Reich at the New School for Social Research
The Wilhelm Reich Museum Cookbook
A Reich Quote for Springtime 



As we look ahead to the future of Reich's work in science and medicine, this conference will bring together voices and faces of the past and present to investigate the possibilities and challenges of the future. Those who knew and worked with Reich will share their experiences, and current opportunities for medical trials of orgone blankets and accumulators in America will be explored.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a stimulating week of discussion and debate as we move forward into the future.

Monday, July 18th

9:00 a.m.

"The Historic Context of Reich's Laboratory Work: From Biomedical Research of the 1930s to the Present Day"
Presenter: James E. Strick, Ph.D.

Dr. Strick is a science historian specializing in the history of ideas about the origins of life. He is the author of Sparks of Life: Darwinism and the Victorian Debates Over Spontaneous Generation, and co-author of The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology.

2:00 p.m.

"Memories of Working With Reich"
"Opportunities & Obstacles for the Future of Reich's Biological Work"
Presenter: Bernard Grad, Ph.D

Dr. Grad is a biologist, a former student of Wilhelm Reich, and author of "Wilhelm Reich's Experiment XX" and "The Effects of the Orgone Accumulator on the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia of AKR Mice."

Tuesday, July 19th

9:00 a.m.

"Memories of Reich"
Presenter: Morton Herskowitz, D.O.

Dr. Herskowitz is a practicing orgone therapist, President of the Institute for Orgonomic Science, and author of Emotional Armoring: An Introduction to Psychiatric Orgone Therapy.

No events planned for the afternoon - enjoy Rangeley Lakes!

5:00 p.m.

Reception at the Orgone Energy Observatory (including a tour)

Wednesday, July 20th

9:00 a.m.

"A Proposed Clinical Study to Test the Effectiveness of Orgone Blankets in the Treatment of Burns"
Presenters: Ron Maio, D.O. and Conny Huthsteiner, M.D.

Dr. Maio is Professor and Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, Director of the University's Injury Research Center, and Assistant Dean for Research Regulatory Affairs for the Medical School.

Dr. Huthsteiner is a psychiatrist and orgone therapist in private practice, and a member of the Institute for Orgonomic Science.

2:00 p.m.

Recreation Bald Mountain hike (weather permitting)

Those who are interested can take a guided 3-hour hike up Bald Mountain which offers spectacular views of Mooselookmeguntic Lake where Reich first observed atmospheric orgone energy in the summer of 1940 while staying in a cabin on the lake. Kevin Hinchey, Associate Director of the Wilhelm Reich Museum, will lead the hike.

Thursday, July 21st

9:00 a.m.

"Building and Selling Orgone Accumulators and Orgone Blankets"
"Practical and Research Considerations & Anecdotal Customer Data"
Presenter: Theirrie Cook

Theirrie Cook founded and is the sole proprietor of Orgonics, a business that develops and sells orgone energy accumulators to the public.

2:00 p.m.

"Wilhelm Reich and Orgone Energy: A Survey of the FBI & FDA Files"
Presenter: Kevin Hinchey

Mr. Hinchey is Associate Director of the Wilhelm Reich Museum

7:00 p.m.

Recollections of Reich and Orgonon in the 1950s

Friday, July 22nd

9:00 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion

MEETING PLACE. The summer program will be held in the Conference Building (formerly Reich's Student Laboratory). A continental breakfast is served each morning at 8:30 a.m. Presentations begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Evening events take place at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to explore and utilize the Wilhelm Reich Museum's 175-property and its numerous facilities, including the Reading Room and Orgone Room.

REGISTRATION FEE is $375.00. This includes tuition, information packet, continental breakfast, refreshments, reception and tour of the Orgone Energy Observatory. A 25% discount is available for full-time students who can document their status.

TAX DEDUCTION. IRS regulations permit an income tax deduction for educational expenses undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills.

ACCOMMODATIONS. All types of accommodations are available in and around Rangeley, and you are encouraged to make reservations early since this is the summer season. Contact the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce: 1-800-685-2537 or e-mail: mtlakes@rangeley.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS. To apply for the Thomas E. Ross and Chester M. Raphael memorial scholarships, e-mail us at wreich@rangeley.org, or send a letter to: Wilhelm Reich Museum, P.O. Box 687, Rangeley Maine. 04970. All applications must be received by June 15, 2005.

FOR MORE REGISTRATION INFORMATION call us at: (207) 864-3443, or e-mail: wreich@rangeley.org 


When planning the summer conferences, we try to set aside sufficient free time so that attendees can enjoy the Rangeley Lakes Region. We also encourage those who are coming to try--if possible-- to make a short vacation out of their visit, by arriving the weekend before the Conference or staying the weekend after it ends.

Reich fell in love with the area when he first visited in the summer of 1940. And so will you. The Rangeley Lakes Region has so much to offer. The lakes themselves--Rangeley, Cupsuptic, Mooselookmeguntic, Upper Richardson, Lower Richardson, Umbagog, Aziscoos, Kennebago. Canoeing, kayaking and boating. Wilderness camping on the islands and shores. Flyfishing on the lakes, ponds, and rivers. Hiking and backpacking in the mountains (the Appalachian Trail is just a few miles south of both Rangeley and Oquossoc). Exploring the backroads of Maine. And visiting historic sites and museums.

If you need any assistance in planning your leisure time during your visit, let us know what your interests are and we'll be happy to offer you some suggestions. 


One suggestion is to arrive the weekend before the conference begins, spend the days exploring the lakes, mountains and forests, then come to Orgonon on Saturday evening for our annual Festival of Music. Four separate performances featuring four different musical styles: jazz piano, flute, bluegrass fiddle, and acoustic guitar. Seating is limited; last year's performance sold-out, and will undoubtedly sell-out again this year. 


We've recently posted our new Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Organizational Chart. It succinctly and visually illustrates the Trust's principal activities and responsibilities. If you haven't seen it yet, please have a look. 

FREUD'S FREE CLINICS by Elizabeth Ann Danto, Ph.D.

In October 2004, a lecture and fundraiser for The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Endowment Fund was held at The Williams Club in New York City, featuring Elizabeth Ann Danto, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Social Policy at the Hunter College School of Social Work.

Dr. Danto spoke on "Sex, Class and Social Work: Wilhelm Reich's Free Clinics and the Activist History of Psychoanalysis." Her lecture-- which included ten letters from Freud to Reich that she discovered in the Freud Archives--was derived largely from research for her new book: Freud's Free Clinics - Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918-1938, which is now available from Columbia University Press.

From the Columbia University Press:

"Danto's narrative begins in the years following the end of World War I and the fall of the Habsburg Empire. Joining with the social democratic and artistic movements that were sweeping across Central and Western Europe, analysts such as Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Erik Erikson, Karen Horney, Erich Fromm, and Helene Deutsch envisioned a new role for psychoanalysis. These psychoanalysts saw themselves as brokers of social change and viewed psychoanalysis as a challenge to conventional political and social traditions...Drawing on oral histories and new archival material, Danto offers vivid portraits of the movement's central figures and their beliefs. She explores the successes, failures, and challenges faced by free institutes such as the Berlin Poliklinik, the Vienna Ambulatorium, and Alfred Adler's child-guidance clinics. She also describes the efforts of Wilhelm Reich's Sex-Pol, a fusion of psychoanalysis and left-wing politics, which provided free counseling and sex education and aimed to end public repression of private sexuality..."  


Dr. Danto's lecture on behalf of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Endowment Fund attracted over a dozen "new faces" to this annual fundraiser: college students, university faculty members, and social workers from the New York City area. Among them was the co-editor of a publication from New School University entitled: The Id Graduate Faculty Psychology Bulletin (GFPB).

The Bulletin is described as a "peer-reviewed publication created by members of the Graduate Faculty Psychology Society as a way of highlighting the current research, presentations, proposals, and editorials by M.A. and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral candidates, and alumni affiliated with the GF, the Department of Psychology, and New School University. The Id is published semiannually and represents a wide range of subjects in an attempt to incorporate all areas of psychology."

The co-editor was interested in publishing a piece about Reich's brief affiliation with the New School for Social Research (the original name for what is now New School University.) The result is in their latest edition of The Id (GFPB: 2004 Vol. 2, No. 2) which explains that:

"In this volume we continue the New School University History Series. We have re-printed from the 1940-41 New School for Social Research course catalogs descriptions of courses taught by Wilhelm Reich."

The Id includes a brief biographical profile of Reich, followed by original course descriptions for:

  • "Character Formation: Biological and Social Aspects"
  • "Theoretical Seminar: Psychological Approach to Psychological Research"
  • "Clinical Problems in Psycho-somatic Medicine."

The Id also notes that in 1940 and 1941, enrolling in one of Reich's courses cost only $12.50 a semester. To read these reprinted course descriptions, visit the website for the Graduate Faculty Psychology Bulletin at New School University.  


No, we're not talking about old Bukovina recipes, Austrian strudels, or German bund cakes. This is a collection of recipes from our friends, supporters and volunteers in the Rangeley community, in different states and different countries. We rely on these good people for supporting our activities throughout the year. Their efforts and friendship are indispensable. And best of all, they're terrific cooks.

This volume--which sells for $8.50--compiles some of their favorite dishes, ranging from old-fashioned New England traditions to international fare. Cookbooks have increasingly become a fun way for many small organizations (such as museums, schools, churches and civic groups)--to bring in additional income. Which was certainly the principal motivation for this cookbook. More than that, however, it is a wonderful reminder of how valuable our friends and supporters are. 


Ask ten different people about their favorite lines or passages from Reich's books, and you'll get at least ten different answers. His writing is eminently quotable, containing hundreds of memorable excerpts. Which is why we always emphasize the importance of reading Reich's books as a way of understanding his life, his work, and his character--rather than simply relying on second-hand sources, opinion pieces, hearsay, and countless Internet websites.

And as springtime finally comes to Orgonon here in Rangeley, Maine, one passage from Reich's Cosmic Superimposition immediately comes to mind.

"Outside, you feel your blood surging, and you do not doubt that something is moving in you, a thing you call your emotion, with its location undoubtedly in the middle of your body and close to your heart. Inside, you do not live with your total organism, but only with your brain, and not only is it forbidden to study emotions, more, you are accused of being an adherent of phrenology and mysticism. Outside, there is such a thing as the movement and quivering of everything, from the atmosphere to your nerves..."


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